Master Merit Society – New network for the best talent

To mark its 75th anniversary, BI Norwegian Business School launched the Master Merit Society for high performing MSc students. The Master Merit Society is designed as a platform for interaction between high performing MSc students, corporate partners, faculty, and the BI Alumni Advisory Board.

MSc students that have been named to the Dean’s List, BI Presidential Scholars, QTEM students and presidents of academic associations get recognized for their academic achievements and leadership potential and become part of the Master Merit Society.

The Master Merit Corporate Partners are among the best employers an MSc graduate could ask for:

  • Equinor (former Statoil),  an international energy company that develops oil, gas, wind and solar energy in more than 30 countries
  • Gjensidige, a leading Nordic general insurance company listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange
  • Deloitte, one of the world’s largest suppliers of professional services within auditing, consultation and legal services


On May 29, we had an official launch of the Master Merit Society where the Provost, Dean MSc and corporate partners told us about the advantages this programme can bring to us – future MSc graduates. As the Attraction and Recruitment Manager in Equinor noted, it is a “win-win” programme: students get to enhance their profiles and connect with companies before their graduation, and corporate partners get to prepare the best MSc students for the business life and develop future leaders when they are still studying.

The programme launch was followed by the Alumni Connector, an educational session and a networking dinner, where I had an opportunity to chat with BI alumni, business representatives and other Master Merit Society members in an informal environment. They all note the importance of being global-minded and eager for new knowledge in getting a job, and that the Master Merit Society will definitely increase our chances of landing a job. Other students share my feelings, and I think their thoughts will give you some inspiration:

I enjoyed a nice conversation with the fellow students, faculty members and guests from the business community over a networking dinner. A BI alumni, currently the Head of Partnership at a Norwegian start-up company, gave us some insights about applying knowledge we gain at school to the business world.
– Theresa Schneider, MSc in Business – major in Marketing

It was very inspiring to hear how professors not only apply their research fields into their daily lives but also cooperate with various companies to provide students with cutting-edge knowledge. Doing a PhD sounds more fun than we usually imagine about it, I feel.
– Pham Thu Ha, MSc in Business – major in Leadership and Change

Once again, congratulations to the Master Merit Society members on your accomplishment! If you are yet to start your studies, remember that BI celebrates student success and you will be recognized for your academic achievements and your leadership potential. Isn’t it a great motivation to study hard?

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